Game-By-Game Predictions for Texas A&M's 2014 Season
The problem in figuring out this Texas A&M team is that there are so many unknowns.
Replacing a player like Manziel is pretty much impossible, but blue chip freshman Kyle Allen (should he win the job) will have the challenge of trying to do that next season.
But Texas A&M's biggest question mark heading into the season will surrounding the defense. The Aggies were absolutely atrocious at times defensively last year, so in order for this team to continue its winning ways, the defense will have to be much better. There's no longer a player like Manziel on this roster to bail them out and still be able to win 52-49 games.
Does the schedule set up nicely for Kevin Sumlin's team to make a run at another double-digit win season? Let's run through the games and make predictions as to how the Aggies will fare next season.
8/28/14 - at South Carolina (LOSS)
This isn't the ideal matchup for Texas A&M to kick off the post-Manziel era. South Carolina will boast one of the best defenses in the country, so it could be a long day for Allen and company on offense.
9/6/14 - vs. Lamar (WIN)
The offense should be able to start building some confidence in this one as the Cardinals just don't have the overall talent or depth to compete here. The Aggies win in dominant fashion.
9/13/14 - vs. Rice (WIN)
The defending Conference USA champs could make this game interesting. The Owls may not be as good as they were a year ago, but there's enough pieces in place to stay in the game for a while. No way Texas A&M loses, though.
9/20/14 - at SMU (WIN)
SMU will undoubtedly provide some entertainment on offense, and if the Aggie defense isn't better than it was last year, the Mustangs could even put up quite a few points. Texas A&M will put up more and get the win.
9/27/14 - vs. Arkansas (WIN)
Three straight wins will have Allen and the offense rolling, which is unfortunate news for an Arkansas team that desperately wants an SEC victory. The Razorbacks won't get it here as the Aggies roll rather comfortably.
10/4/14 - at Mississippi State (LOSS)
This game really could go either way. Texas A&M and Mississippi State are both looking to crash the SEC West party, but the Bulldogs benefit from getting this game in Starkville. Dak Prescott helps his team squeak out a win.
10/11/14 - vs. Ole Miss (LOSS)
The Mississippi schools are definitely trending upward right now. The Rebels have shown their toughness on the road in recent years, and they'll ignore the 12th Man and score another impressive win away from home.
10/18/14 - at Alabama (LOSS)
Well, this won't be all that fun either. Last year's game between these two teams was an absolute classic, but my guess is that this game will be much more one-sided. Alabama will once again contend for a national title, and Texas A&M will be far from that level.
11/1/14 - vs. Louisiana Monroe (WIN)
After a difficult three-game losing streak, the Aggies should get back on the right track here. Or at least they better.
11/8/14 - at Auburn (LOSS)
Getting both Alabama and Auburn on the road in the same year is, well, rather awful. I can't see the Aggies faring much better on the Plains than they did in Tuscaloosa. Nick Marshall and Auburn run away with this one.
11/15/14 - Missouri (WIN)
With LSU on the schedule the following week, if Texas A&M wants to guarantee itself a bowl and leaving nothing to chance, it has to win this game. Missouri won't be anywhere close to winning the SEC East this year, and that will allow the Aggies to finally secure a bowl bid.
11/27/14 - vs. LSU (LOSS)
There's a good chance that the Tigers will step back just a little next season. But exactly how far will the drop be? Not far enough to lose this game, leaving Texas A&M to settle for a .500 record on the year.
Texas A&M 2014 Projected Record: 6-6 (2-6)
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